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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #30 on: December 01, 2018, 09:28:46 AM »
How did  the  recording  session  go?

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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #31 on: December 01, 2018, 10:22:41 AM »
How did  the  recording  session  go?

It was amazing.
Considering they were recording a 4 minute movement, they spent around an hour and a half on it, reworking tiny details, phrasing, intonation, articulation.
The final recording will be incredible.

And, for me, the good news was that all the musicians really seemed to like it, and enjoyed playing it.
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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #32 on: December 02, 2018, 07:12:05 PM »
and for those interested, this is a picture of the orchestra during the recording session.
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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #33 on: December 02, 2018, 07:32:27 PM »
What a beautiful setting ............. does justice to the beautiful music~!

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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #34 on: December 02, 2018, 07:39:39 PM »
thanks Mark.
I found the church a bit too live for a, well, "live" concert. But for the recording it was fantastic (listening through monitors gave a completely different effect).

one very impressive thing about the orchestra, is that three of the 1st chairs (1st and 2nd violins, and cello) play on Stradivarius instruments, and the 1st chair viola plays a Guadagnini. These also happen to be the members of the string quartet who have played my music before.
And let me tell you, when Élaine plays a solo on that Strad, you can HEAR that this is a million dollar instrument.

This is one of the pieces that will be on the CD. I think it's one of the most beautiful pieces ever written for strings:

Grieg, Holberg Suite, "Air"

An they played it truly masterfully. I'm dying for the recording to come out (obviously, this Youtube video isn't them)
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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #35 on: December 03, 2018, 08:35:06 AM »
This is all so very exciting Michel!  Really appreciate the addition of the photograph. You, your music, and this most recent accomplishment-a professional recording, is inspiring.   Thanks for sharing it all.  LA

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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #36 on: December 03, 2018, 09:11:56 AM »
one very impressive thing about the orchestra, is that three of the 1st chairs (1st and 2nd violins, and cello) play on Stradivarius instruments, and the 1st chair viola plays a Guadagnini. These also happen to be the members of the string quartet who have played my music before.
And let me tell you, when Élaine plays a solo on that Strad, you can HEAR that this is a million dollar instrument.


Aren't you the lucky one!   ;D

Can't wait for the final recording.

Mark

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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #37 on: December 15, 2018, 07:24:58 AM »
Michael,

I just had a chance to listen to the recording. Excellent! As the others said if this is what it sounds like with a 10 minute rehearsal the recording must be magnificent.
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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #38 on: December 15, 2018, 07:35:14 AM »
Thank-you Robert.

As I think I mentioned, the CD contains a lot of music that should automatically be part of anyone's CD collection (Grieg, Holst, Tchaikowski, etc...) and just from what I heard during the actual recording sessions, the sound and interpretation are magnificent.

The conductor was a marvel to watch: no extraneous movements, no histrionics, the music was really getting communicated between conductor and orchestra.

Anyways, more than anyone I am very excited about hearing the CD once it is finished.
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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #39 on: January 26, 2019, 02:48:49 PM »
I've been working steadily, I have a good chunk of the 2nd movement Adagio written. I like what I've done so far. I'm at a point right now where I'm just jiggling around with some ideas and seeing how they feel to me.

Most of the 3rd movement is already planned out structurally though no music is written yet for it. however, it's based on a jig-style version of the main theme of the 1st movement, and will be a sort of Rondo.
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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #40 on: January 27, 2019, 05:11:26 AM »
Michel, I wish you the best developing this piece to your liking.

...and an unrelated request, if I may: You posted a sort of experimental jazzy/film noir kind of short piece some years ago. I failed to find it searching your posts. i guess it is not among the pieces in your website. Is it possible to reach it?

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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #41 on: January 27, 2019, 08:22:33 AM »
I'm happy you're making progress. I look forward to hearing the whole piece.
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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #42 on: January 27, 2019, 11:19:08 AM »
thanks guys. I hope to post the middle movement some time in the next week or two.

I can repost the jazz piece if you like.
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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #43 on: January 27, 2019, 11:45:45 AM »
Yes, please. I'd appreciate it :)

My late sojourn to extra-classical territory has to take its time to duely ebb, I guess. :)
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Re: Concerto Grosso for string quartet and string orchestra (1st mvt)
« Reply #44 on: January 29, 2019, 11:57:33 PM »
Give me a few days to let it sit and simmer a bit... but I've finished the middle movement of the Concerto Grosso.

One thing I find extremely difficult of this commission is the time constraint. By this I don't mean the time I've been given to write it, but rather, the length of the piece itself. It is VERY difficult to write very short movements for this sort of ensemble without it feeling rushed. I DO feel that the writing is a tiny bit rushed and not quite as relaxed and developed as I'd really like it, but them's the breaks.

Anyway, a couple days to let this simmer, and I'll post the middle movement. There's a few spots I really want to fiddle with (pun intended).
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